News bulletin 33:
News bulletin 33: 27 Aug 2019

A new report by thinkstep ANZ has identified opportunities to decarbonise New Zealand's building and construction sector by 40%, focusing on embodied emissions from now till 2050.

The Master Builders Association (MBA) has released Building & Construction Industry Forecasts for Australia that shows the performance for construction in the period to 2023-4 is expected to be flat. The MBA said government consumption had bolstered growth over the past year and this had not yet translated into real visible activity, but when it does it would be "welcome and significant".

To mark its 90th anniversary, Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA) has released a list of what it believes are the top 10 most outstanding concrete public architectural works over the past nine decades. The list includes the main carpark at the University of Melbourne (pictured), Canberra's High Court Building and the Queensland Art Gallery.

The Coalition Government has only been able to identify seven small projects totalling $106 million that have been completed out of $993 million in funding it committed to water infrastructure since its election in 2013, according to The Australian.

The 4.6km Atlantic Bridge, which creates a new link between the continents of North and South America, has been officially opened in Panama. Reinforced concrete was chosen over a metal structure, with a central span of 530 metres of concrete deck 75 metres above sea level. The structure represents a world record for a cable-stayed bridge and has 210 metre-high towers.

A value engineering exercise carried out by multinational engineers Atkins has revealed £135 million (AU$243 million) could have been saved on a proposed bridge crossing the Thames by using concrete instead of steel for the towers, changing the bridge's alignment and reducing the width of the deck, New Civil Engineer has revealed.